— How to Help —
Meet me on the road & Lend a hand
Meet me on the road and lend a hand!
Whether by foot, bike, car or else (scooter, rollerblades…) join me on the run. For a few kms or over a few days, I welcome the company, distraction and interaction.
Besides the much appreciated company, I will need assistance on the following parts of my run:
Get in touch via the “Contact Me” section of the website, and I will get back to you.
Help me raise funds!
Join in to support my chosen cause, and help bring an incredible powerful dimension to this journey with Women for Women International (WFWI).
Women for Women International is a non-profit humanitarian organisation that provides practical and moral support to women survivors of war.
From direct financial help to emotional counseling and essential skills training. Their year-long program is key to empowering women to rebuild their lives and bring about change in their communities.
As a woman who grew up in a Western culture in the 80’s and 90’s, I am now enjoying an adult life (mostly) free of gender bias.
I have received an education, carved a successful career for myself and relish a life where every decision I make is my own. My desires, dreams and decisions are neither dictated, nor restricted by my gender.
I wish this could ring true to every woman, in every corner of the world.
My Grand’Ma has been the most notable influence in my life. She was a strong-minded independent woman who dedicated most of her life to the feminist movement and literature.
Her example taught me determination, curiosity, assertiveness and the confidence to choose my own path.
Read her short biography ›
An independent mind & dedicated Feminist
Yolande Righetti Leautey
- Born in 1913, Yolande grew up between Swiss-Italy and France.
- She studied Chemistry at Paris Sorbonne University, where she graduated and pursued research work in a laboratory.
- When WWII broke, her husband was made PoW, she left Paris for the province, where she worked as a primary school teacher.
- She returned to Paris in 1943 with her young family.
- In 1964, she became director of the Feminist Library of Paris (Bibliotheque Marguerite Durand).
- In 1975, International Women’s Year, she organised a popular series of conferences as well as an exhibition on Feminism in Literature, in Paris.
- A voracious reader and a fierce feminist, she contributed to many pieces of work and research on Feminism until the end of her life.
There are areas in the world where life is starkly different to my own, where women have experienced unimaginable things. Things no-one should ever have to experience. Today, and every step of my journey, I want to stand in solidarity with these women by supporting the work of Women for Women International.
Women for Women International works in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. When there is an outbreak of war or violence, women suffer most: they experience trauma, sexual violence and the death of loved ones. After the conflict is over, the world’s attention moves on, but women are left to rebuild their families and communities.
Women enrol on the charity’s year-long training programme, where they learn how to earn and save money, improve their family’s health and make their voices heard at home and in their community. Since 1993, the charity has reached almost half a million marginalised women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan.
From my fundraising I hope to sponsor a woman through the charity’s year-long programme. By sponsoring a woman, I will be able to exchange letters with her – and let her know that she isn’t alone and that I believe in her potential. With your help, women can graduate from Women for Women International’s programme with the skills, knowledge and resources to become successful entrepreneurs. They will pass on her knowledge to their neighbours and children, creating a ripple effect.
I am honoured to advocate for Women for Women International, to help raise awareness and funds for their vital work. With over 40 brutal armed conflicts across the globe, there’s never been a greater need to support women survivors of war.